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Princeton's WordNet

  1. break down, crush(verb)

    make ineffective

    "Martin Luther King tried to break down racial discrimination"

    Synonyms:
    vanquish, decompose, crush, analyze, conk out, beat, fail, snap, suppress, go bad, tumble, break up, trounce, smash, give way, collapse, demolish, beat out, analyse, break, give out, crumble, go, squash, squeeze, crumple, die, dissect, mash, oppress, take apart, lose it, squelch, jam, shell

  2. analyze, analyse, break down, dissect, take apart(verb)

    make a mathematical, chemical, or grammatical analysis of; break down into components or essential features

    "analyze a specimen"; "analyze a sentence"; "analyze a chemical compound"

    Synonyms:
    go, examine, conk out, give way, psychoanalyse, discerp, dismantle, psychoanalyze, disassemble, collapse, dismember, crush, dissect, canvass, analyse, break, take apart, study, lose it, snap, crumble, decompose, break up, die, tumble, break apart, canvas, analyze, fail, give out, crumple, go bad

  3. break down, lose it, snap(verb)

    lose control of one's emotions

    "When she heard that she had not passed the exam, she lost it completely"; "When her baby died, she snapped"

    Synonyms:
    go, conk out, snatch up, click, give way, shoot, tear, bust, collapse, snarl, crush, dissect, analyse, break, take apart, die, lose it, snap, crumble, decompose, crack, break up, give out, tumble, photograph, snatch, analyze, fail, crumple, flick, rupture, go bad

  4. fail, go bad, give way, die, give out, conk out, go, break, break down(verb)

    stop operating or functioning

    "The engine finally went"; "The car died on the road"; "The bus we travelled in broke down on the way to town"; "The coffee maker broke"; "The engine failed on the way to town"; "her eyesight went after the accident"

    Synonyms:
    peter out, function, crumble, give off, perish, break away, give way, unwrap, hold out, run, endure, lead, give out, hand out, split up, conk out, operate, dampen, travel, collapse, last, go wrong, bomb, transgress, discontinue, founder, weaken, go away, crumple, bump, discover, demote, stop, go, take apart, move, damp, ease up, rifle, separate, decompose, miscarry, split, run low, die out, cash in one's chips, dissect, smash, pause, move over, spoil, pass out, pass away, get out, drop dead, fracture, relegate, bring out, violate, reveal, divulge, part, betray, let on, blend in, run short, get around, get going, locomote, intermit, wear out, expire, lose it, check, break dance, break-dance, live, give-up the ghost, kick the bucket, breach, blend, burst, give, plump, crack, ruin, run down, fit, erupt, emit, better, flush it, belong, tumble, offend, go bad, become flat, survive, crush, get, disclose, break off, snuff it, bust, flunk, become, give away, break up, analyse, live on, interrupt, break out, croak, run out, choke, poop out, pop off, pall, sound, fall in, soften, go against, let out, come apart, neglect, extend, start, depart, kick downstairs, distribute, decease, die, pass, proceed, infract, exit, conk, fail, buy the farm, bankrupt, hold up, develop, expose, break, analyze, fall apart, break in, snap off, snap, yield, work, cave in, wear, recrudesce

  5. crumble, crumple, tumble, break down, collapse(verb)

    fall apart

    "the building crumbled after the explosion"; "Negotiations broke down"

    Synonyms:
    topple, crease, collapse, analyze, buckle, crack, crack up, rumple, cave in, fail, snap, twig, whirl, go bad, tumble, break up, decay, cotton on, give, crock up, knit, get wise, conk out, analyse, whirl around, fall apart, give out, crumble, cockle, catch on, go, fall in, get onto, wrinkle, break, crumple, pucker, die, decompose, get it, latch on, dissect, give way, crush, take apart, dilapidate, burst, lose it, crinkle, founder, tip

  6. break down(verb)

    cause to fall or collapse

    Synonyms:
    go, conk out, give way, collapse, crush, dissect, analyse, break, take apart, die, lose it, snap, crumble, decompose, break up, give out, tumble, analyze, fail, crumple, go bad

  7. decompose, break up, break down(verb)

    separate (substances) into constituent elements or parts

    Synonyms:
    rot, fragmentise, fragmentize, decompose, collapse, analyze, interrupt, conk out, crumple, crash, split up, pick, fail, snap, moulder, analyse, go bad, dismantle, break up, recess, decay, part, crock up, molder, sever, cut off, fragment, dissect, split, crumble, disperse, separate, disrupt, give out, dissipate, go, dissolve, give way, disintegrate, crack, disassemble, break apart, lose it, die, calve, scatter, resolve, take apart, dispel, adjourn, break, crack up, tumble, crush

  8. break down, collapse(verb)

    collapse due to fatigue, an illness, or a sudden attack

    Synonyms:
    go, conk out, give way, crack up, founder, give, collapse, cave in, crush, dissect, analyse, break, take apart, die, lose it, snap, crumble, decompose, burst, break up, give out, tumble, crack, fall in, analyze, fail, crumple, crock up, go bad

Editors Contribution

  1. freaking out

    (of a machine or motor vehicle) suddenly cease to function.

    "his van broke down"

    Submitted by rinat on August 19, 2019  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. break down

    Synonyms:
    (Active.) crush, overwhelm, overcome

  2. break down

    Synonyms:
    (Neuter.) fall, give out

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  1. Dion Trotter:

    Those kinds of things begin to break down the trust between police and community.

  2. Carlos Samour:

    Was that a waste of time? he asked. When young Cierra Cowden had the courage to take the stand and talk about how she missed waking up to her dad's singing: was that a waste of time? When Sandy Phillips got up and told the jury about Jessica's enthusiasm for life: was that a waste of time? When Tom Sullivan, a man with a larger than life personality, got up and broke down on the stand talking about his close friendship with his son, was that a waste of time? Samour pointed out that with no appeals in sight, this trial has officially wrapped up in just over 3 years, saying that's record time for a death penalty case. Is prison really a much less severe sentence than death? he asked. Holmes will die in the custody of the department of corrections. Samour told the victims that there are no words to adequately describe what they've gone through. I've been doing criminal law for 2 decades and before this case I'd never seen a police officer or first responder break down on the witness stand.

  3. Deborah Rose-Milavec:

    Any time you begin to break down one barrier, you see others crumble more.

  4. Elon Musk:

    We can't do this well if Tesla and SolarCity are different companies, which is why we need to combine and break down the barriers inherent to being separate companies.

  5. Laura MacIntyre:

    Every once and a while, we'll break down and take a shower.

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